Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney

Wednesday 13th June 2018

07.00 – 08.30

Leaders Breakfast - Invitation Only Event

Room: E5.2 – E5.3

07.30 – 18.00

Registration Open

Room: Parkside 2

09.00 – 17.00

Exhibition Open

Room: Parkside 2


Room: Parkside 2

09.00 – 09.05

Chair Welcome

09.05 – 09.15

Irrigation Australia Ltd Welcome

Bryan Ward
Chief Executive Officer, Irrigation Australia Ltd

Andrew Ogden
Chairman, Irrigation Australia Ltd

09.15 – 09.30

Opening Address

09.30 – 10.15

Julian Cribb & Associates

Dr Julian Cribb
Principal, Julian Cribb & Associates

10.15 – 10.45

Felix Reinders

Felix Reinders
Research Team Manager, ARC-Institute for Agricultural Engineering

10.45 – 11.30

Morning Tea - Halls 5 and 6

11.30 – 12.00

Australian Energy Council

Matthew Warren
Chief Executive, Australian Energy Council

12.00 – 12.30

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Phillip Glyde
Chief Executive, Murray Darling Basin Authority

12.30 – 13.00

The New Economy of Rainwater Harvesting and Water Efficient Appliances

Professor Peter Coombes

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch - Halls 5 and 6

AGRICULTURE - Site Specific Irrigation

Room: E5.2 – E5.3

FUTURE PLANNING - Sustainable Solutions

Room: E5.10

ISSUES FOR AUSTRALIA - Murray Darling Basin Plan

Room: E5.7

14.00 – 14.30

Autonomous broad-acre precision control for furrow and centre pivot irrigation systems

Dr Joseph Foley
Irrigation and Water management Theme Leader, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern QLD

New Irrigation Study – Central Gippsland

Mark Hore
NWIDF Project Manager, Southern Rural Water

Reality vs rhetoric: can the Goulburn Murray Irrigation district survive the MDBP?

Claire Miller
Manager, Policy Strategy, Dairy Australia

14.30 – 15.00

Measurements of evapotransporation and crop co-efficient using eddy covariance method in a cotton field

Dr Jasmin Uddin
Research Fellow, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

The new economy of rainwater harvesting and water efficient appliances

Professor Peter Coombes

Farm Water Program – irrigators views of the modernising of their farms and irrigation systems

Carl Walters
Sustainable Irrigation Program Manager, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

15.00 – 15.30

Precise Furrow Irrigation through Automated Siphons

Dr Malcolm Gillies
Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulics and Irrigation), National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Certificate in the Irrigation Industry

Gennaro Vellotti
Irrigation Designer, Netafim Australia

Murray Irrigation – modernising our system for the future

Michael Renehan
Chief Executive Officer, Murray Irrigation Limited

15.30 – 16.00

Afternoon Tea – Halls 5 and 6

Agriculture - Site Specific Irrigation

E5.2 - E5.3

Future Planning - Sustainable Solutions


Issues for Australia - Murray Darling Basin Plan


16.00 – 16.30

Automated cloud-based irrigation for centre pivot irrigated cotton and diary pasture

Dr Alison McCarthy
Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland

Rainwater Harvesting in modern Australia

Michael Smit
Technical and Sustainability Manager, Kingspan Environmental

Irrigation Efficiency Investment - What does the Future Hold?

Michael Cutting
Principal Project Officer – Land and Water Management, Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin

16.30 – 17.00

Modelling of Basin Surface Irrigation Systems in the Southern Murray Darling Basin to develop design guidelines

Sam North
Research Hydrologist, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Unchartered Waters: setting water quality limits

Dr Lionel Hume
Senior Policy Advisor, Federated Farmers of NZ

Irrigated land and water use changes in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District: opportunities and constraints of a changing operating environment for irrigated agriculture in the Southern Basin

Rabi Maskey
Senior Irrigation Extension Officer, Agriculture Services, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

17.00 – 17.30

Canopy Temperature: a plant based method for irrigation scheduling in cotton

Dr Hizbullah Jamali
Research Scientist, CSIRO




Stormwater capture and reuse is just part of the integrated urban irrigation answer as close as your stormwater pit

Donald Yates
CEO, Columbus Group

Infrastructure upgrades in North West NSW help sustain the Murray Darling Basin

Peter Verwey
Project Officer STBIFM, NSW Department of Primary industries

17.30 – 18.30

Happy Hour - Exhibition Hall

19.00 – 23.00

Gala Dinner

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